Whether wars produce weapons, or weapons produce wars, is one of the growth questions of national arms industries. And art too does not remain passive on this subject. In their works and through their activism, artists take a stand. However, the art world also profits from war and contributes its fair share to the accumulation of capital of corporations that produce weapons and deliver them to war zones.
Curated by Ezgi Erol
Artists Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann, Ana Hoffner ex-Prvulovic*, Fatoş Irwen, Hiwa K, Georg Oberlechner, Ihsan Oturmak, Songül Sönmez, Hito Steyerl, Rojda Tuğrul.
In Cooperation with Ivana Marjanovic and Kunstraum Innsbruck
Curated by Ezgi Erol
Baran Çağınlı, Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann, Ana Hoffner, Fatoş İrwen, İhsan Oturmak, belit sağ, Songül Sönmez, Hito Steyerl
The exhibit Curating War deals with the question of how war is organized and which forms can be used to display the relationship between art and war in a political exhibit format. The topics discussed within this format are art and the process of (not) coming to terms with war, as well as the relationship between arms trade and production and art institutions.
The exhibit also pursues the question of “what to do?” when an exhibit space (in) directly supports continuities of war policies and censors or disqualifies pieces. Which connections can be made between censorship in art institutions and the continuities of war? Proceeding from this critique of institutions, a collective and social memory is brought into relation to art. Can art also be considered a social and collective memory?
In artistic pieces and round table talks, the exhibit will discuss how historically meaningful spaces, which have been destroyed by war policies, and associated, contradictory politics of memory can be conveyed.
PRESS ON CURATING WAR,
Almuth Spiegler, Ist Kunst für Politik überhaupt zuständig?
Die Presse, 5.9.2018
Samuel Zetting, Wo sich Kunst und Krieg widersprechen
Roman Gerold, Ein Fest über Grenzüberwindungen
Wienwoche zeigt die Konflikte